2019 and 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup
The Philippines made it to the shortlist of the possible venues of the 2019 and 2023 FIBA World Cup, the world basketball governing body announced on Thursday.
Apart from the Philippines, China, Qatar, Turkey and Germany, which could possibly co-host with France, are the countries FIBA selected as candidates to host the next two editions of the prestigious event.
We are extremely pleased to announce that six countries have expressed their interest in host the biggest basketball tournament in the world, FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann said in a release.
The commitment to growing basketball as well as to stage first-class sporting events is something they all have in common.
The Philippines bid comes after its successful hosting of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in Manila which saw a silver medal finish that booked the countrys return to the World Cup in Spain last September after 36 years of absence.
FIBA will announce the winning candidate for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in June next year, while it could also decide which of the remaining countries could host the 2023 edition of the tournament.
The 2019 FIBA World Cup will start a new cycle for the tournament, with an expanded number of 32 teams seeing action. But the qualification will be tougher, with home-and-away games to be played by teams from the same regional zones during a certain competition window that will start in 2017.
Candidates will attend a workshop on December 15 to 16 while venue inspections will be made early next year, according to FIBA.
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